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Article: Gender Differences in Happiness and Life Satisfaction Among Adolescents in Hong Kong: Relationships and Self-Concept

TitleGender Differences in Happiness and Life Satisfaction Among Adolescents in Hong Kong: Relationships and Self-Concept
Authors
KeywordsGender
Self-esteem
Purpose in life
Life satisfaction
Happiness
Adolescents
Issue Date2016
Citation
Social Indicators Research, 2016, v. 125, p. 1035-1051 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht This study uses survey data from adolescents (N = 1,428) in Hong Kong to test the association of gender with happiness and life satisfaction through relationship style and self-concept. While self-esteem and purpose in life are associated with higher happiness and life satisfaction, having more close friends is related to higher happiness, but not necessarily life satisfaction. On the other hand, boys with higher academic achievement are happier, but not more satisfied; the opposite holds true for girls. Our results provide a much-needed investigation of the differential effect of gender on the subjective well-being of adolescents. Contributing to the theoretical debate about the concepts of subjective well-being, we argue that happiness and life satisfaction are empirically and conceptually distinct. Life satisfaction might be characterized by more profound enjoyment and achievement in life than happiness.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219835
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.38
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.748

 

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dc.contributor.authorChui, Wing Hong-
dc.contributor.authorWong, Mathew Y H-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-23T02:58:03Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-23T02:58:03Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Indicators Research, 2016, v. 125, p. 1035-1051-
dc.identifier.issn0303-8300-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219835-
dc.description.abstract© 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht This study uses survey data from adolescents (N = 1,428) in Hong Kong to test the association of gender with happiness and life satisfaction through relationship style and self-concept. While self-esteem and purpose in life are associated with higher happiness and life satisfaction, having more close friends is related to higher happiness, but not necessarily life satisfaction. On the other hand, boys with higher academic achievement are happier, but not more satisfied; the opposite holds true for girls. Our results provide a much-needed investigation of the differential effect of gender on the subjective well-being of adolescents. Contributing to the theoretical debate about the concepts of subjective well-being, we argue that happiness and life satisfaction are empirically and conceptually distinct. Life satisfaction might be characterized by more profound enjoyment and achievement in life than happiness.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Indicators Research-
dc.subjectGender-
dc.subjectSelf-esteem-
dc.subjectPurpose in life-
dc.subjectLife satisfaction-
dc.subjectHappiness-
dc.subjectAdolescents-
dc.titleGender Differences in Happiness and Life Satisfaction Among Adolescents in Hong Kong: Relationships and Self-Concept-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.natureLink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11205-015-0867-z-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84921415660-
dc.identifier.hkuros259535-

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